Quanah Creek
Quanah Creek
Fort Sill
Fort Sill
Rabbit Hill
Rabbit Hill

BURY THE HATCHET: Prayer for My P’ah-Be
John Hitchcock, Multi Media Artist
May 5 – July 24, 2021
Miikanan Gallery

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Artist Statement

Bury the Hatchet is artist John Hitchcock’s mixed-media, cross-disciplinary, multisensory installation. Hitchcock combines his interests in printmaking, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Kiowa and Comanche history into one visual expression that offers a re-telling of the narrative of the American Frontier.

Working from the theme of the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, Bury the Hatchet explores issues of assimilation, acculturation, and indoctrination through oral history and music. Bury the Hatchet develops a shared language to interrogate historic and modern institutions to prompt a re-definition and re-imagining of our present reality.

Originally organized by the Missoula Art Museum and curated by John Calsbeek, Associate Curator, and Brandon Reintjes, Senior Curator. Organized in Portland by Kathleen Ash-Milby, Curator of Native American Art.

Hitchcock QRPromo video compliments of Garlic Brown Beats, filmed in the Miikanan Gallery in the Watermark Art Center. Music available on CD from John Hitchcock Hybridpress.

John Hitchcock
Cropped photo courtesy of M.O.D. Photography

Artist Bio

John Hitchcock is an Artist, Professor of Art and Associate Dean of Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Hitchcock has served as Faculty Director of The Studio Learning Community and Art Department Graduate Chair. He is an award-winning artist who uses the print medium to explore relationships of community, land, and culture. He has taught printmaking at UW-Madison since 2001. Prior to that he was at the University of Minnesota, Morris. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Texas Tech University.

This exhibit made possible in part by the following organizations: